Posted by Rebecca, December 21st, 2010
This is my second turn at this tablescape game, since my first attempt was Thanksgiving. After my last run, I was inspired with so many new ideas. I felt like there were a million things I could do, to the point where Mike told me to make up several options. But I didn’t get a chance to finish up all of the crafts I had planned and when I set out to do this, I was stumped. I had already put together our mantel, which was rather effortless, and I guess my creative juices were running dry. It took a lot of rounds of changes, but I finally came up with something I was pleased with.
First, I bought this star shaped basket from Pier 1 a few weeks back. I love using stars in my Christmas decorations, but I didn’t love the light color of the basket.
So I decided to spray paint it a darker brown.
I only did one coat so that some of the natural variation was still seen, then I put some ornaments in it.
I built my table area around this, using mostly candle type things to not take away from the pretty ornaments. Plus I didn’t want it to be too tall or too busy so that it can stay on the table as people eat, like our Thanksgiving tablescape did.
On each end, I used some star dishes I got from the dollar store and put a large green ornament in them to add some more green, since my Target runner is blue. I later saw these dishes at Pier 1 for $3. I’m not going to lie, I was hoping they were $10 so I could tell you I saved $9 on them, but I only saved $2.
Then I have the silver candle holders I used on my mantel (I replaced the mantel ones with wooden ones, Target was out of silver) and some in the same style that are blue.
One of those white candles on top is new and one is a few years old. They are totally different colors of white when next to each other, but I think it’s interesting (and that’s what happens when you try to buy them 4 days before Christmas…)
Over on the buffet, I put my crooked coffee filer tree and some vases filled with ornaments and topped with sticks.
I’ve filled those vases with ornaments every year I’ve decorated for Christmas, but this year I wasn’t sure if I should put them on the mantel, table or buffet. I tried them on the table, but I felt like with the star basket, I needed some shiny ornaments on this piece of furniture too!
All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out. I gravitate towards the simple and clean and I think this conveys that better than my previous tablescape.
I’m thankful I have a large stash of neutral type candles that I can mix in when needed. The round class tealight holders and the silver ornament candles definitely came in handy during my constant swapping!
Oh and there are some other new editions to the dining room this holiday season, but I will have to let Mike explain those to you. If I can get him to blog again.. 🙂
ps- I just noticed that I didn’t actually put plates on the table this time. I will be sure to snap some pictures when it’s all set for Christmas dinner!